In contrasting trend, Djokovic, Muguruza advance in Paris –

Up to date 9:24 am, Wednesday, Could 31, 2017
PARIS (AP) — One struggled, the opposite had a stroll in the park.In contrasting trend, defending champions Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza each superior to the third spherical on the French Open on Wednesday.Second-seeded Djokovic barely put a foot improper in a 6-, 6-four, 6-three win over Joao Sousa, whereas Muguruza needed to dig deep to keep away from turning into the primary reigning champion at Roland Garros to lose in the second spherical since 2014, when she upset Serena Williams.The fourth-seeded Muguruza was made to work laborious for greater than two hours on the Philippe Chatrier present courtroom earlier than rallying previous 53rd-ranked Anett Kontaveit 6-7 (four), 6-four, 6-2.Enjoying at Roland Garros for the 20th time, a report in the Open period, Venus Williams additionally reached the third spherical after defeating Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-three, 6-.As usually in Paris, Djokovic spoke in French throughout his on-courtroom interview, and joked.


"I am sorry for my French, my trainer is on vacation," he stated.On a extra critical word, Djokovic stated he was happy along with his type after coming via some tough instances since finishing a profession Grand Slam at Roland Garros final 12 months."I felt higher than in the primary spherical, that is precisely what I needed," he stated.After dropping the opening set towards Kontaveit, Muguruza was down a break in the second earlier than coming again. Enjoying near the strains, she obtained again into her stride and took the decider in 32 minutes on the primary of two match factors."I feel she was taking part in so, so good for the primary two units," Muguruza stated. "I used to be simply hanging in there, being aggressive and ready for my second."Earlier in the day, Petra Kvitova's first event since being injured in a knife assault at her house was delivered to an early finish.The 2-time Wimbledon champion, who was seeded 15th, misplaced 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) to American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Kvitova threw her racket in frustration after double-faulting on match level, however the gamers warmly embraced on the internet.Kvitova returned to tennis in Paris after being attacked in the Czech Republic in December.Residence favourite Jo-Wilfried Tsonga additionally exited the event, unable to show round a primary-spherical match towards Roland Garros debutant Renzo Olivo that had been suspended on Tuesday resulting from darkness.Again on courtroom with the 12th-seeded Tsonga trailing 7-5, 6-four, 6-7 (6), 5-four, the Frenchman lasted lower than eight minutes, dropping the primary three factors on his serve however managing to avoid wasting the three match factors. Olivo transformed the following one with a forehand crosscourt winner to prevail 6-four.Tsonga had by no means misplaced to a participant ranked as little as No. 91 at a Grand Slam.There was additionally an surprising customer on the French Open, Serena Williams.The winner of 23 Grand Slam singles titles shouldn't be taking part in for the remainder of this season as a result of she is pregnant. Williams discovered a seat in the shade at Court docket Philippe Chatrier throughout her older sister Venus' match towards Nara.Serena Williams' child is due in the autumn. She has stated she's going to return to the tour in 2018.___Extra AP tennis protection:

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